Oregon recruiting: 10 prospects to watch for the 2023 class
Dan Lanning and company made the best of what they could with the 2022 class on short time. Now let's see what the Ducks do with a full year to recruit.
There was a lot of smiling from Dan Lanning and his staff on college football’s national signing day — and for good reason.
Despite a program-record 16 players decommitting after Mario Cristobal left for Miami, Lanning landed a top-25 group that included three of the top four players from the state of Oregon and notable signing day wins of All-American running back Jordan James and four-star lineman Dave Luli, who was hotly pursued by Cristobal and Miami.
It wasn’t the top-10 class the Ducks have landed in recent years, but considering the circumstances it was a stellar job for Lanning in his first test as a head coach.
But Lanning didn’t become Oregon’s head coach at 35 years of age by thinking in the present. So while the Ducks were putting the final touches on the 2022 class, the years 2023 and 2024 were very much at the forefront.
“We’ve already been able to have a couple of guys on campus with the unofficial period this past month,” Lanning said. “We’ll definitely attack that coming in March. One of the biggest things that we can do as a fan base and as a staff is focusing on getting guys here for the 23rd for our spring game.”
That’s April 23 at 1 p.m., and most in the Oregonsphere know that by now because it’s a point Lanning is really trying to get across. He said the same at halftime of the Oregon men’s basketball game against Oregon State last week.
“I can promise you that we’re going to put a product on the field that you’re going to be proud of,” Lanning said to a crowd of 10,000 fans at Matthew Knight Arena.
The spring game will be a springboard for momentum for Oregon’s future recruiting classes. And now that the 2022 class is – mostly – in the books, here are 10 players to keep an eye on for the next wave.